In your search of the internet for a frenchie you will undoubtedly find many websites that offer frenchie puppies
for sale. Some of these websites will be representing wonderful breeders who are reputable and ethical.
A reputable breeder will have the welfare of each of their puppies, and the breed in general, at heart. But for
every reputable breeder you find on the worldwide web there will be literally hundreds that are not what they seem.
How do you know if the website you have found is indeed a reputable breeder? What should you be
looking for to alert you to the fact that they may be looking at a backyard breeder, puppy mill or puppy broker's website?
Don't let a website's slick "presentation" fool you. Study the site
and keep a pencil and paper handy along with the list below. Check off the "Red Flags" that
you encounter as you look at the site. Doing this will help you determine if this is a breeder that will be someone
you would like to know more about. Take your time. Remember, the time you take now will save you money
and heartbreak later.
1. If they accept PayPal or credit cards.........RUN.
2. If they have several litters at one time........RUN.
3. If they have more than 2 or 3 breeds..........RUN.
4. If they do not show pictures of their dogs in AKC dog events....RUN
5. If they do not belong to AKC dog clubs or organizations......RUN
6. If they do not show pedigrees of their dogs.........RUN
7. If they do not actively show their dogs in conformation events.....RUN
8. If their dogs are not American Kennel Club registered.....RUN
9. If they can not provide you with prior adopters references.....RUN
10 If they will not provide you with their vet's information........RUN
11 If they do not provide a health guarantee that means something...RUN
12 If the pictures of their puppies show skinny, pitiful, scared little babies.....RUN
13 If they ship worldwide.........RUN
14 If they can get you any color, or sex you want.........RUN
15. If they are breeding colors that are not recognized by the French
Bulldog Club of America such as blue, chocolate, liver or black and tan............RUN
16 If they let a frenchie baby leave home before it is 10-12 weeks...RUN
17 If they do not question you as if you were adopting a human infant...........RUN
There are other signs of course. But these are a few of the real
Red Flags that should alert you that you are at a site that is in the business of breeding dogs
for a living, or that you are looking at a dog broker's site. Neither really care about the welfare of the puppy
they are peddling, or about you.
There is a wonderful site called The Wrong Puppy. This site is full
of very valuable information that will help you steer clear of the people that are out there to scam you out of your money,
or sell you a puppy that is ill. I highly recommend that you check that site carefully. I have listed it
in the "Contacts" page of my website.
A great place to begin your search for a new family member is at the Parent
Club's website. It is chock full of fabulous information and is a "must read" for any prospective frenchie owner.
This breed is NOT for everyone. They are a dwarf breed with many possible health issues, just as any breed
has. The difference being that this fabulous breed can have debilitating health issues. Know what these health
issues are and educate yourself well.
Taking the time to educate yourself will pay you back tenfold.
Be willing to be on a reputable breeders waiting list. You will be glad you did.
Good Luck in your search!!